February 26, 2006
Read Numbers 30
Law concerning vows; Midianites conquered; division of booty; officers and captains bring an offering to the Lord
The Midianites were descendants of Abraham through his second wife Keturah, whom he married after Sarah died (Genesis 25:1-2). The Midianites had devastated
In this war, Moses sent . . . a thousand of every tribe . . . and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand (31:6) to execute the judgment of God upon the ungodly Midianites. And they slew the kings of Midian . . . Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. Not one Israelite died in this battle but it resulted in the deaths of all five kings of the confederation and every Midianite male (31:7-9,15-17). It was not incidental that Balaam had chosen to live in luxury among the Midianites while enjoying the esteem of the king and the people; nor was it incidental that God's judgment also fell on him (Hebrews 9:27).
Balaam was from Mesopotamia, which included
31:29 for an heave offering = by a gesture of willingness, waving the sacrifice in presenting it to the Lord; 31:39 tribute = portion assigned to the Lord; required assessment; taxes.
As the Lord who will righteously judge the wicked (Numbers 31:1-17). In righteousness He doth judge (Revelation 19:11; John 5:22; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:14-15).
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 13:10